Cycling Paradise of Provence - to and from Avignon

3.9/5 (7)
6 nights
25 miles/day
Self guided from EUR € 1050
Bike tour in France
Rider Level: Recreational

Cycling Paradise of Provence - to and from Avignon

3.9/5 (7)

Rider Level: Recreational

6 nights
25 miles/day

Self guided from EUR € 1050
Bike tour in France

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  • An adventure in alluring Avignon and picturesque Provence

    Provence is a truly blissful region bursting with alluring aromas, from the intense spice of the Châteauneuf du Pape wines and the warm fragrances of sun-blessed olive skins to the waves of herbal fragrances emanating from the thyme and rosemary fields blanketing the hills. Cycling in Provence is an experience for every sense - this bike tour will satisfy them all!

    Beginning and ending in attractive Avignon, this itinerary is designed in the true spirit of slow vacationing, allowing you to stop as frequently as you fancy to soak in the splendor of the fabulous French countryside. In addition to scenic loop rides, your itinerary features rest days, so you're always cycling in comfort. These days, as well as stops along the tour routes, allow you ample time to sample the sumptuous provencal food and luxurious wines, mingle with the locals at marvellous market stalls, and explore the kind of bike routes that make for an unbeatable French cycling trip.

    • Châteauneuf-du-Pape wine, Avignon, Provence, France. Patrick Gaudin@Flickr
    • Roussillon, Provence, France. Nicolas Savignat@Unsplash
    • Cycling near Avignon, France.
    • Roussillon, Provence, France. Bertrand Borie@Unsplash
    • Local Provençal wines! vinhosprovence@Flickr
    • Fresh artichokes in France. Martin Adams@Unsplash
    • Avignon, Provence, France. Jurre Houtkamp@Unsplash
    • Avignon, France. Joost Crop@Unsplash

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    Highlights

    • Scenic villages of Gordes, Bonnieux, Lacoste, Les Baux-de-Provence & Roussillon
    • Luberon mountain range
    • World-renowned cuisine
    • Châteauneuf du Pape wine
    • Avignon, a medieval treasure
    • L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue
    • Optional extension to Arles

    Learn More

    Learn more about self-guided tours.

    Interested in adding to your itinerary? Take a look at our cycling day tours in Provence and Luberon.


    Discover the stunning region of Provence by bike!

    Photos 

  • Traveler photos

    •  (photo by Edouard Cornudet)
    •  (photo by Edouard Cornudet)
    •  (photo by Edouard Cornudet)
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    Discover the stunning region of Provence by bike!

     Tour Description Daily Program 

  • Daily program

    • Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
      Welcome to Avignon! There will be a welcome meeting either today or tomorrow where you'll receive detailed information on your tour and a personalized bike fitting.

      The history of Avignon predates the Romans, but it was Catholicism that put it on the map. In 1309, an elected French pope transformed vast areas of Avignon into public squares, constructed an enormous papal palace, and completed three miles of protective walls complete with impressive towers. If you arrive early enough today, be sure to visit the hilltop park to enjoy the best views of the city. You might also like to tour the immense papal palace, stroll through the trendy traffic-free shopping district, and soak up the atmosphere in the charming, shady squares.

      Day 2: Avignon - Chateauneuf du Pape - St. Laurent des Arbres - Avignon (42 mi/68km, elevation gain/loss 310m)
      Heading north out of Avignon, catch your first glimpse of the glorious Provence countryside, replete with verdant orchands and gorgeous farmhouses. You'll soon arrive in the famous Côtes-du-Rhone wine-making village of Châteuneuf du Pape where you can enjoy a wine tasting (not included in tour price). Loop back through the captivating countryside for your second evening in Avignon.

      Day 3: Avignon to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, optional loop to Venasque (12 or 25 mi/20 or 40km, elevation gain/loss 110m or 650m)
      Leaving the city, you'll reach Jonquerettes after a gentle uphill. Heading back down into the valley, arrive in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, an 'island city' that's really a compact medieval town, well known for its intiguing art galleries and antique shops. It's a truly lovely place to stroll around and explore, perhaps enjoying lunch on the grass by the charming quay.

      For those wanting to pedal further, you can continue cycling to reach Pernes-les-Fontaines. As the name suggests, this wonderful village is home to over 40 ancient fountains! You'll then ride on small country roads to Venasque, one of France's most beautiful medieval towns perched on a steep cliff. Its 12th-century church and three Saracen towers offer a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Ride back to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, your home for the next two nights.

      Day 4: Isle sur la Sorgue - Gordes - Roussillon - Isle sur la Sorgue (38 mi/61km, elevation gain/loss 575m)
      Today you're in for a real treat! You'll cycle from one gorgeous settlement to the next, with two of these medieval towns considered amongst the most beautiful in France: Gordes and Roussillon. They're a wonderful reward after the effort of the uphill climbs.

      Choose from two different options to top off your day. The easier option brings you back to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on a dedicated bike path, a former railway line converted into a quality bike lane. The more difficult option takes you to more hilltop villages like Lacoste and Oppède le Vieux before returning you to Isle.

      Day 5: Isle sur la Sorgue - Eygalières - St. Rémy de Provence (23 mi/37km, elevation gain/loss 200m)
      Scenic roads lined with pear and apple orchards accompany you as you head toward Cavaillon. You may experience a bit of traffic, but shortly after crossing the Durance River, the deserted country roads return and you'll again pass through tiny villages until you reach Eygalières. Eygalières has preserved its authentic charm with beautiful stone houses, almost always framed with a touch of green or sweet-smelling flowers. Continuing on a somewhat rocky path, right below the impressive limestone ridge of the Alpilles, you have a chance to stop at a family-run wine estate for a tasting (not included). Today's destination is St. Rémy.

      Day 6: St. Rémy - Fontvieille - Les Baux-de-Provence - St Rémy (26 mi/42km, elevation gain/loss 400m)
      Today you can relax and enjoy the lovely town of St. Rémy. Alternatively, challenge yourself with a ride to Les Baux-de-Provence!

      If staying in St. Rémy, you'll find an abundance of chic restaurants, private Renaissance mansions, beautifully restored homes, and charming chapels and convents to feast your eyes on. One of St. Rémy's claims to fame is the fact that Van Gogh spent the last year of his life committed in the psychiatric institution at the Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

      For those riding to Les Baux-de-Provence, you're in for an exciting day of riding along the winding streets of the Alpilles mountains. Pine tree landscapes and fields of wildflowers accompany you as you reach Les Baux-de-Provence. This town has an incredibly beautiful citadel that towers over the surrounding countryside, as well as quaint chapels, a museum, and plenty of history. Here, you'll have the chance to sample a few of the high quality red and rosé wines that this area is known for, before returning to St. Remy.

      Day 7: Return to Avignon
      The tour ends after breakfast when you'll be taken back to Avignon.

      Don't want the adventure to end? Consider the optional extension to Arles or even a cycling day tour in Provence or Luberon.

    • Day 1: Arrival in Avignon
      Welcome to Avignon! There will be a welcome meeting either today or tomorrow where you'll receive detailed information on your tour and a personalized bike fitting.

      The history of Avignon predates the Romans, but it was Catholicism that put it on the map. In 1309, an elected French pope transformed vast areas of Avignon into public squares, constructed an enormous papal palace, and completed three miles of protective walls complete with impressive towers. If you arrive early enough today, be sure to visit the hilltop park to enjoy the best views of the city. You might also like to tour the immense papal palace, stroll through the trendy traffic-free shopping district, and soak up the atmosphere in the charming, shady squares.

      Day 2: Avignon - Chateauneuf du Pape - St. Laurent des Arbres - Avignon (42 mi/68km, elevation gain/loss 310m)
      Heading north out of Avignon, catch your first glimpse of the glorious Provence countryside, replete with verdant orchands and gorgeous farmhouses. You'll soon arrive in the famous Côtes-du-Rhone wine-making village of Châteuneuf du Pape where you can enjoy a wine tasting (not included in tour price). Loop back through the captivating countryside for your second evening in Avignon.

      Day 3: Avignon to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, optional loop to Venasque (12 or 25 mi/20 or 40km, elevation gain/loss 110m or 650m)
      Leaving the city, you'll reach Jonquerettes after a gentle uphill. Heading back down into the valley, arrive in L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, an 'island city' that's really a compact medieval town, well known for its intiguing art galleries and antique shops. It's a truly lovely place to stroll around and explore, perhaps enjoying lunch on the grass by the charming quay.

      For those wanting to pedal further, you can continue cycling to reach Pernes-les-Fontaines. As the name suggests, this wonderful village is home to over 40 ancient fountains! You'll then ride on small country roads to Venasque, one of France's most beautiful medieval towns perched on a steep cliff. Its 12th-century church and three Saracen towers offer a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Ride back to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue, your home for the next two nights.

      Day 4: Isle sur la Sorgue - Gordes - Roussillon - Isle sur la Sorgue (38 mi/61km, elevation gain/loss 575m)
      Today you're in for a real treat! You'll cycle from one gorgeous settlement to the next, with two of these medieval towns considered amongst the most beautiful in France: Gordes and Roussillon. They're a wonderful reward after the effort of the uphill climbs.

      Choose from two different options to top off your day. The easier option brings you back to L'Isle-sur-la-Sorgue on a dedicated bike path, a former railway line converted into a quality bike lane. The more difficult option takes you to more hilltop villages like Lacoste and Oppède le Vieux before returning you to Isle.

      Day 5: Isle sur la Sorgue - Eygalières - St. Rémy de Provence (23 mi/37km, elevation gain/loss 200m)
      Scenic roads lined with pear and apple orchards accompany you as you head toward Cavaillon. You may experience a bit of traffic, but shortly after crossing the Durance River, the deserted country roads return and you'll again pass through tiny villages until you reach Eygalières. Eygalières has preserved its authentic charm with beautiful stone houses, almost always framed with a touch of green or sweet-smelling flowers. Continuing on a somewhat rocky path, right below the impressive limestone ridge of the Alpilles, you have a chance to stop at a family-run wine estate for a tasting (not included). Today's destination is St. Rémy.

      Day 6: St. Rémy - Fontvieille - Les Baux-de-Provence - St Rémy (26 mi/42km, elevation gain/loss 400m)
      Today you can relax and enjoy the lovely town of St. Rémy. Alternatively, challenge yourself with a ride to Les Baux-de-Provence!

      If staying in St. Rémy, you'll find an abundance of chic restaurants, private Renaissance mansions, beautifully restored homes, and charming chapels and convents to feast your eyes on. One of St. Rémy's claims to fame is the fact that Van Gogh spent the last year of his life committed in the psychiatric institution at the Monastery Saint-Paul de Mausole.

      For those riding to Les Baux-de-Provence, you're in for an exciting day of riding along the winding streets of the Alpilles mountains. Pine tree landscapes and fields of wildflowers accompany you as you reach Les Baux-de-Provence. This town has an incredibly beautiful citadel that towers over the surrounding countryside, as well as quaint chapels, a museum, and plenty of history. Here, you'll have the chance to sample a few of the high quality red and rosé wines that this area is known for, before returning to St. Remy.

      Day 7: St. Rémy - Les Baux-de-Provence - Maussane - Arles (31 mi/50 km, elevation gain/loss +250m/-300m)
      Today you'll pedal in the gorgeous Alpilles Mountains, first passing the incredible Romanesque Chapel of St. Gabriel, which dates back to the 12th century. Soon, you'll begin the climb to Les Beaux, a 4 km uphill stretch to reach this lovely clifftop village. The spectacular view and exhilarating downhill make the climb well worth the effort! You'll head back towards the plains, passing the ruins of a 2000-year-old aqueduct before reaching Arles and its Roman coliseum.

      Day 8: Return to Avignon
      The tour ends after breakfast when you'll be taken back to Avignon.


    Discover the stunning region of Provence by bike!

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  • Accommodation

    Hotels

    Below is a sample hotel list based on availability. The final list is subject to change.

    • Avignon: Hotel Central

      Isle sur la Sorgue: Hotel Cantosorgue

      St Remy de Provence: Hotel Gounod

      Arles: Hotel Du Forum

    • Avignon: Cloitre Saint Louis

      Isle sur la Sorgue: Grand Hotel Henri

      St Remy de Provence: Hotel Le Vallon de Valrugues

      Arles: La Maison Volver


    Discover the stunning region of Provence by bike!

     Daily program Bikes 

  • Bikes

    The bikes available for rent:

    • 27-speed standard bike, Trek (or equivalent) with UNISEX frames
    • 11-speed upgraded standard bike, Cannondale C3 Alloy (or equivalent) with UNISEX frames
    • 22-speed carbon road bike, Cannondale Synapse 105 (or equivalent)*
    • Electrically-assisted bike, SCOTT (or equivalent)**

    *Flat pedals are provided. You may bring your own clip-in pedals, shoes, and tools to replace them. 

    **You are required to supply a credit card which will be pre-authorized for €800 which is used as a guarantee until the return of the bike.
    More about electrically-assisted bikes >

    Bike rental includes:

    • Helmet
    • Security vest
    • Pump
    • Tool kit with spare tube
    • Bike computer
    • Pannier
    • lock

    Bike Protection:
    Bike protection can be purchased at the time of booking. You can read more about that HERE


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     Accommodation Dates & Prices 

  • Dates

    Daily: Mar 1-Nov 15, 2024

    • Daily: Mar 1-Nov 15, 2024

      Low season: Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2024
      Middle season: Apr 1 - Jun 25, 2024; Aug 1 - Nov 15, 2024
      High season: Jun 26 - Jul 31, 2024

    • Daily: Mar 1-Nov 15, 2024

      Classic
      Low season: Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2024
      Middle season: Apr 1 - Jun 25, 2024; Aug 1 - Nov 15, 2024
      High season: Jun 26 - Jul 31, 2024

      Luxury
      Low season: Mar 1 - Mar 31, 2024; Nov 1 - Nov 15, 2024
      Middle season: Apr 1 - Jun 25, 2024; Aug 1 - Oct 31, 2024
      High season: Jun 26 - Jul 31, 2024

    Prices

    • Tour Package

      Low season Middle season High season
      Per person, double occupancy
      Classic €1050 €1100 €1280
      Luxury €1610 €1750 €1860
      Single-use room (1 person/1 room)
      Classic €1495 €1600 €1925
      Luxury €2465 €2728 €2905
      Solo traveler (1 person in party with single-use room)
      Classic €1790 €1900 €2270
      Luxury €2720 €2970 €3170

      *For groups of 4 or more please contact us for discounted pricing.

      Bike Rentals

      27-speed standard bike €105
      11-speed upgraded standard bike €190
      22-speed carbon road bike €200
      Electrically-assisted bike €190

      Extra Nights, Avignon

      Mar 1 - 31,
      Nov 1 - Nov 20
      Apr 1 - Jun 19,
      Aug 1 - Oct 31
      Jun 20 - Jul 31
      Per person, double occupancy €63 €79 €148
      Single room (1 person/1 room) €105 €137 €263
    • Tour Package

      Low season Middle season High season
      Per person, double occupancy
      Classic €1170 €1220 €1370
      Luxury €1710 €1840 €1960
      Single-use room (1 person/1 room)
      Classic €1648 €1755 €2037
      Luxury €2621 €2940 €3127
      Solo traveler (1 person in party with single-use room)
      Classic €1970 €2090 €2370
      Luxury €2960 €3250 €3440

      *For groups of 4 or more please contact us for discounted pricing.

      Bike Rentals

      27-speed standard standard bike €126
      11-speed upgraded standard bike €220
      22-speed carbon road bike €232
      Electrically-assisted bike €220

      Extra Nights, Avignon

      Mar 1 - 31,
      Nov 1 - Nov 20
      Apr 1 - Jun 19,
      Aug 1 - Oct 31
      Jun 20 - Jul 31
      Per person, double occupancy €63 €79 €148
      Single room (1 person/1 room) €105 €137 €263

      Extra Nights, Arles

      Per person, double occupancy €69
      Single room (1 person/1 room) €121

    Included services

      • 6 x nights in 2*/3* hotels, double occupancy
      • Breakfasts
      • Welcome meeting on day 1 or 2 in Avignon
      • Luggage transfer between hotels
      • GPX files
      • Transfer to Avignon on day 7
      • Emergency telephone support
      • Road Book with detailed cycling itineraries and integrated maps
      • 7 x nights in 2*/3* hotels, double occupancy
      • Breakfasts
      • Welcome meeting on day 1 or 2 in Avignon
      • Luggage transfer between hotels
      • GPX files
      • Transfer to Avignon on day 8
      • Emergency telephone support
      • Road Book with detailed cycling itineraries and integrated maps


    Discover the stunning region of Provence by bike!

     Bikes Other Details 

  • Surface and terrain

    This bike tour features moderate but steady climbs. Ideally, participants should be in good physical condition and prepared to cycle an average of 30 miles per day. Electric bikes are available.

    The rides are on small country roads and farming tracks. Although we try to avoids roads with heavier traffic, you will still be sharing the tarmac with motor vehicles, especially when leaving or entering cities.


    How to get there

    Nearest airport: Paris CDG
    Nearest train station: Avignon


    Discover the stunning region of Provence by bike!

     Dates & Prices Tour Reviews 

    • David Frac 1 week ago

      Wonderful bike trip!

      We very much enjoyed the bike trip in Provence. The e-bikes provided were fantastic. The routes selected were so nice! Maybe 10% of the trip was on traffic roads, the rest was on bike paths, quiet country roads or even gravel roads through farmlands. We really appreciated the hand-off of the equipment, everything about the bikes was very well explained. We also appreciated the pre-tour meeting, where we went over every detail of the trip and received recommendations. We really appreciated receiving the GPX files ahead of the trip, so we could download them and follow the GPS guidance. The towns we visited were so very nice, we appreciated the care given to the construction of the route. The accommodations at the various hotels were excellent. The one thing I will mention about this trip is the Mistral Winds, which I had never heard of before. We were lucky, we only had one day of moderate winds, but I understand they can be strong at times. On the first day of our bike trip, from Avignon to Châteauneuf-du-Pape, we actually found two bike paths that were not on your printed directions or gpx files. The first was apparently some brand new four lane bike path that a local told us about. This is soon after you cross the Rhone river from Avignon. The second was near Châteauneuf-du-Pape, we happened to see some cyclists on this path, and took that instead of riding on the road.
      I wish I could be more specific about where these two trails were, but the details have slipped my mind. If you can somehow update your routes/directions for these bike paths, I think it would help future bikers.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2024
      How many tours have you completed?
      This was our third bike tour.
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • David Brown 1 month ago

      Magical Mystery Tour

      Cycling around Provence is a wonderful experience. The countryside is exquisite and the towns magical.
      Our tour was perfectly organised. Our bikes were quality and were delivered to our hotel on time with a thorough explanation on how to use the ebike. Our tour organiser met us to make sure we had everything we needed for our self guided cycling three days. She was very thorough and lovely.
      We had great weather which always helps. The maps they provided are amazing. You pretty much avoid all main roads and cycle on picturesque little pathways and side roads. We felt very safe. Was a magical experience.

      What was the date of your tour?
      May 2024
      How many tours have you completed?
      1 now
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
      • 5/5 Value
      • 5/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 5/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 5/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection
    • Francisco Averhoff 1 month ago

      Great location- tour operator lacking

      Recommend the trip, with another tour company, not Walk Inn. Service and access to assistance was very poor

    • Francisco Averhoff 1 month ago

      Great location- tour operator lacking

      Recommend the trip, with another tour company, not Walk Inn. Service and access to assistance was very poor

    • Francisco Averhoff 1 month ago

      beautiful countryside

      the hotels were very nice (we upgraded) and the bike riding was very doable and the countryside was beautiful. we have done 5 self guided bike tours through biketours.com and have been very satisfied, however for this trip the actual travel agency in France (Walk Inn) was unsatisfactory: 1. they did not meet with us and did not go over the routes; 2.did not meet with us to go over the bike equipment; 3. we had trouble with the GPS system on our phones and they provided no assistance; 4. the written maps/routes did not match the routes on the GPS (once we were able to get it on our phone); 5. the GPS routes that we finally downloaded were often for the trip going in the opposite direction which made the navigation more challenging; 6. Finally, the hotel transfers and bike provider were subcontracted by Walk Inn making coordination difficult and furthermore, Walk Inn did not answer our calls using the phone number provider for emergency contact. Overall because of the in country travel agency , Walk Inn, this trip was only fair and could have been excellent.

    • Shannon McDougall 8 months ago

      Great Trip

      This was a great trip with well organized logistics and routes. We downloaded a GPX file reader and found the daily routes were easy to follow. The files need to be updated for day 4 and day 6 as routes had a couple of deadends but we managed. Overall all a great trip, not too difficult!

    • Edouard Cornudet 12 months ago

      Amazing

      France is perfect for cycling. And we follow all the instruction in the paper and arrive well everywhere. There were like 3 or 4 instructions in the whole book that weren't good but in general it was very well indicated. Organization was great and philip was also perfect as loos 3 tired in two days, every morning before the start he came with new tires to replace the old ones. Thanks!

      What was the date of your tour?
      June 2023
      How many tours have you completed?
      1
      Difficulty (actual vs. expected)?
      As expected
      Who is this tour suitable for?
      First-time bike tourists, Solo travelers, Families with teens
      Do you recommend this tour?
      Yes
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      •  (photo by Edouard Cornudet)
      •  (photo by Edouard Cornudet)
      •  (photo by Edouard Cornudet)
      • 4/5 Value
      • 4/5 Included meals
      • 5/5 Bikes + equipment
      • 4/5 Hotels or boat
      • 5/5 Scenery
      • 4/5 Ease of navigation
      • 5/5 Tour documents
      • 5/5 Local tour company services
      • 5/5 Route selection

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